By 90Min
February 28, 2018

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matić has admitted his time at Chelsea gave him extra motivation to help his current side beat them 2-1 at the weekend.

Matić played the full 90 minutes in a midfield three against his former club. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard cancelled out Willian's opener and lifted United back into second following Liverpool's Saturday victory against West Ham.

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When asked if he had extra motivation to beat his old club, Matić told the Evening Standard: “Of course. I played for Chelsea for three-and-a-half years [after rejoining them in 2014] and I gave my best to win against them and show my quality again.

“I didn’t have anything to prove to them. I wanted to show my new club that I deserve to wear this Manchester United shirt."

However, Matić was coy when asked why he left Chelsea for Old Trafford last July and reaffirmed his commitment to United.

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“I don’t want to speak about why I left Chelsea," the 29-year-old said. "I will keep that to myself. I’m happy in Manchester and that’s it. Moving to United was good for me. I play for a big club.


“This was a big win and I hope the team will continue like this because every game in this league is a war.”

When asked if his former club could overtake Tottenham to break into the top four, Matić remained tight-lipped but also respectful for his old club, by saying: "I wish Chelsea all the best. I can only say that."

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